A powerful typhoon could make landfall in Japan’s northeast on Tuesday afternoon, bringing heavy rains.
The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Lionrock is packing winds of more than 120 kilometers per hour near its center.
The storm was about 50 kilometers east of the city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, as of 5 PM on Tuesday. It was moving north at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour.
The storm has a central atmospheric pressure of 965 hectopascals.
Lionrock is projected to change its course to the northwest and land near the Tohoku region on Tuesday evening.
Weather officials warn there will be thunderstorms and heavy rainfall of up to 80 millimeters per hour in some parts of northern and eastern Japan.
In the Tohoku region, rainfall could reach 150 millimeters by Wednesday evening.
Agency officials are calling on people to stay on the alert for mudslides, floods, violent winds, high waves and lightning.
Source and image: NHK